The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not-so-distantly — related. Along the way, we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
George Hunt, ethnographer and museum acquisitions collector (born 14 February 1854 in Fort Rupert, BC; died there September 1933). He is best known for his work with anthropologist Franz Boas; together they documented the language, rituals and customs of Hunt’s people, the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl). Hunt's rich ethnographic notes and artifact collections provided the first ethno-history of the Kwakwaka'wakw culture.
Linda Muir, costume designer. Linda Muir is an award-winning costume designer whose work spans theatre, television and some of the top Canadian movies. In the early 1980s she received a Canada Council grant, which led to her serve as a visiting designer at the Half Moon Theatre in East London.
Betty Roodish Goodwin, painter (b at Montréal 19 Mar 1923; died there 1 December 2008). Betty Goodwin began her career as a visual artist in the late 1940s and began to exhibit her work in the early 1960s. Largely self-taught, Goodwin began with drawing, a practice she was comfortable with.
Berta Lynn Seymour, née Springbett, dancer, choreographer (b at Wainwright, Alta 8 Mar 1939). One of the greatest dramatic ballerinas of the century, Seymour studied at the Rosemary Deveson School and with Nicolai Svetlanoff in Vancouver before entering the Sadler's Wells School in England (1954).
Like other Montréal artists such as Prudence Heward, Regina Seiden specialized in portraits of women, including representations of immigrants to Canada. Seiden stopped painting soon after her marriage to German-Jewish painter Eric Goldberg (1890–1969) to dedicate herself to their relationship and Goldberg’s career. After Goldberg died, Seiden started to paint again but never regained the momentum of her early years. Despite her brief career, Regina Seiden is now recognized as an important Montréal artist of the early 20th century who studied alongside members of the Beaver Hall Group.